The most successful public sector crowdsourcing projects simply focus on encouraging maximum crowd participation, finds a recently published academic paper. And, where factors such as customization have proven important to e-commerce, crowdsourcing participants appear to care little about a custom experience.
A five member panel charged by President Obama in August to review intelligence surveillance has recommended new limits to current National Security Agency activities. Among its recommendations is an end to NSA long-term storage of telephony metadata--the transaction records of all domestic and international telephone calls crossing through U.S. carrier switches--and a transition to a system in which those records are stored privately.
Wireless carriers committed to adopting a more consumer-friendly cellphone unlocking policy based on proposals from the Federal Communications Commission.
Agencies will be required to use 20 percent renewable energy for its electricity by 2020, a Dec. 5 President Obama memo says. The memo builds on a 2009 executive order (.pdf) that set targets for reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2020.
The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated preliminary draft – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.
A Nov. 18 statement of administration policy (.pdf) asks the Senate not to make changes to the security clearance process until the Office of Management and Budget completes its ongoing review. OMB's findings may lead to recommendations that conflict with the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposal.
FirstNet must deliver quickly on its promise of a nationwide first-responder communications network before states and cities opt out, a former White House technology official says.
Speaking at the White House today, President Obama acknowledged that the rollout was flawed. "There are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix," he said. "There have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will." Some users also received error messages.
The White House announced Sept. 10 that it will nominate Beth Cobert as the new deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget.
The Obama administration is seeking the public's help in developing a second National Action Plan on Open Government, states a White House blog post. The administration poses a series of questions for public response by September 23. At a later date, the White House said it will provide an online a summary of the submissions received from the public.